Majoring in Anthropology

Overview

Anthropology is the exploration of the human condition. In coursework, individual study and field schools, you examine an astonishing range of human experience across space and time. Our curriculum incorporates a wide variety of themes in cultural anthropology as well as archaeology, and you can pursue a geographic specialization in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America or North America. Your work will give you rich insights into our increasingly interconnected, globalized world. It will prepare you for a variety of careers, too. Our students go on to graduate school for anthropology and related disciplines, and they pursue work in higher education, business, law, human rights and many other fields.

Special opportunities

Many anthropology majors pursue a second major or a minor in another field, drawing connections between such diverse fields as art, art history, biology, botany, economics, English, Hispanic studies, international relations and psychology. A number of students are accepted to the College’s interdisciplinary centers, where they focus on international studies, the environment or public policy.

Internships and service learning

Anthropology majors have recently completed semester-long academic programs in Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Syria and Vietnam. Areas of research have included food security, organic farming, museum outreach and education, and heritage management. We encourage students to pursue research-intensive field programs; credits for some can be applied to the major.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Anthropology?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Hartgen Archaeological Associates Inc.
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
  • Rivanna Archaeological Services LLC
  • Movidea Inc.
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Farmigo Inc.
  • University of Kentucky
  • CARE International
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Howard Dean Education Center
  • The Beacon Council
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • National Educational Travel Council
  • Empire State Development Corp.

Faculty

Joyce Bennett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Joyce Bennett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joyce Bennett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Language revitalization • Ethnicity and identity performance • Migration • Gender and sexuality • Social movements

Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology

Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology
Migration and border reinforcement • Anthropology of gardens and landscape • Health inequalities • Areas of interest: Haiti, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, European overseas territories

Jeffrey Cole, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Cole, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology

Jeffrey Cole, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology
Food and agriculture • Migration • Race and ethnicity

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology
Iran • Anthropology of religion • Alternative Islamic discourse • Politics of cultural heritage in Iran • Anthropological and aesthetic theory • Intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory.

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair
Archaeological anthropology • Household archaeology • Archaeological method • Urban ethnoarchaeology • Experimental archaeology • North America

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies
African art and material culture • Art market and collecting • Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture • Offbeat museums and visionary art • Censorship and museum controversies

Student profile


Zoe Lieb Zoe Lieb

Anthropology


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was impressed by the science facilities and the Arboretum. I was drawn to a liberal arts education because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do – learn from nature, grow academically, build analytical skills – but there was so much I was still waiting to figure out.


Q: Why did you decide to study anthropology?
A: After taking an introductory anthropology class and another class called "Human Origins," I realized that anthropology was the missing link in my intellectual experience. Through the department I’ve built relationships with professors of many different backgrounds, uncovered connections and interests I never knew existed, and pursued my own independent study with a solid network of resources behind me.


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to Queensland, Australia, with School for Field Studies (SFS) in the fall of my junior year. It was probably my most formative experience yet. The center was 2.5 km into a World Heritage Site rainforest, one of the last in Australia. I explored the issues facing nearby rural communities. The College made going abroad a complete no-brainer: no matter your major, financial situation or other obligations, a semester abroad is within reach.

Selected courses


  • Ethnobotany
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Cultivating Change
  • Worlds of Food
  • Urban Ethnoarchaeology
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Ruins in the Forest: Archaeology of the Arboretum
  • Imagining Otherness in Visual Culture
  • Authenticity in Art and Culture

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